Through tears, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox admits that this loss is going to be "difficult to get over" and believes that the Wildcats proved to all doubters that they are a team to contend with.
Jay Bilas' biggest surprise has been South Carolina's offensive prowess during the NCAA tournament, and Seth Greenberg says Frank Martin's journey will be the major headline before the Final Four matchup with Gonzaga.
After the talk of so many superstar freshman dominating the beginning of the season, Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams and Jay Bilas points out it's four teams loaded with experience that are left standing.
SEC Now's Dane Bradshaw and Tony Delk break down Sindarius Thornwell's play during South Carolina's Elite Eight victory over Florida.
Clinging to a two-point lead with two minutes left, the Gamecocks get a steal and Maik Kotsar drains a crucial jumper on the other end.
It takes talented players, good coaching and a little luck to win four straight games in the NCAA tournament. But for each Final Four team, there was a singular moment where it all clicked.
NCAAM RPI Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI RK||SOS RK||SOR RK||RPI RK|
|8||West VirginiaWVU||Big 12||28-9||8||26||13||24|
|22||Iowa StateISU||Big 12||24-11||22||1||16||22|
- BPI RK: Rank in the Basketball Power Index (BPI) among all Division I teams.
- SOS RK: Strength of Schedule (SOS) rank among all Division I teams based on how a typical 25th ranked team would do against each team's schedule to date. SOS accounts for the game location, day's rest, travel distance, and high altitude in addition to opponent strength.
- SOR RK: Rank of Strength of Record (SOR) among all Division I teams. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.
- RPI RK: Team's rank in official NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).